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Brewer's Vat of Queen Mother Ankhenes-Pepi

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 6
Reign:
reign of Pepi II
Date:
ca. 2246–2152 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Saqqara, South Saqqara
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Dimensions:
H. 17.3 × diam. 11.4 cm (6 13/16 × 4 1/2 in.); spout L. 1.5 cm (9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923
Accession Number:
23.10.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
This miniature spouted basin on a stand is copied from a large pottery brewer's vat that would have rested on a woven reed stand. It was probably part of the funerary equipment of Queen Mother Ankhnes-Pepi or of her son Pepi II. Beer was a staple of the Egyptian diet, and this small basin would have magically provided it to the deceased throughout eternity.
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